George Lucas was already an incredibly wealthy man when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for over $4 billion in cash and Disney stock.
One might think that Lucas would have walked away from the deal, check in hand, with nothing but positive feelings towards Disney and its ridicuously successful film. One would be wrong.
In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas spoke candidly about his relationship with Disney and his opinion on the studio's decision to take Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a newer, more modern direction. Suffice it to say that Lucas isn't exactly a Disney fan.
“I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things," Lucas said of the movies that he considers to be his children. "They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do."
Disney, Lucas explained, was in no rush to create another Phantom Menace-style box office flop and was resolute in its plans to put its own stamp on The Force Awakens.
It's understandable that Lucas might have been left a little salty after being given the coldest of cold shoulders but his choice of words seem rather tone deaf. After all, he was responsible for creating a universe that up until very recently was basically devoid of strong female characters or black people.